Post # 1
So, I’ve been married for 4-1/2 years and still haven’t ordered a whole mess of prints OR our wedding album. My photography order is one of the things on the “baby bucket list” to be accomplished before our little girl arrives in FIVE weeks. So I need to get started.
I know and fully understand that it is horrible for me to ask my photographer to fulfill these obligations at such a late date, and I’m sure I won’t receive top-notch product. (Luckily, I have edited copies of almost 500 images on disc already and have ordered some prints.) I also paid $4,800 for my package, so I don’t feel too terrible asking for her to deliver the goods.
The problem is that I honestly don’t know what I want. Nor do I need any of this stuff, really, but I need to order it now — first, to get it off my plate and, second, because after some negotiation, she’s willing to work with me on it and I’m hesitant to wait any longer. Right now, she’s willing to provide the prints/album listed below that were set out in my contract OR give a $500 credit. Obviously, the value of the items is higher than the credit, so I’m going that route.
I need to deliver my images to her on a disc [does anyone know the best way to make a quality copy?], and then I can order the following:
** An album with up to 100 photos
** Four (4) 5x7s
** Three (3) 8x10s
** Fifty-seven (57) 4x6s
So, here’s where I need help!!
How would you decide what to order??
Thank you so much for your help!!
Post # 3
@postitnote: 4×6’s are useless in my opinion, they are more for proofing or basic albums. They are almost not worth getting from your photographer because they cost more than what you can get yourself.
5×7 and 8×10 are worth getting from your photographer as these will most likely be out on display. Perhaps ask the photographer to include more 8×10’s if you skip the 4×6’s.
Do you know the type of album you are getting? I am not sure I follow your question. You stated what the photographer is willing to offer so what is there to decide on except which images you want printed and in your album?
Just copy the CD like you would any other, there will be no degradation of images.
Post # 4
Thanks for your response!
To clarify, all of the items above are pre-paid and were included in my package. Due to the length of time, I’m hesitant to try to “trade in” any of the items, so I’ll be getting those things listed above. The album was described as a “press printed 10×10 book. Photo cover and pages are like a book”.
She no longer carries whatever kind of album is in my package, but due to the contract, I am owed an album with 100 images, so she’ll have to find something to deliver. I have the option to upgrade (and she’ll give me a $500 credit), but considering how long I’ve waited to do this and really haven’t missed the album, I’m not sure that upgrading is a good use of funds right now. She sent me price lists for two sets of albums — one starts at $2,000 for 60 images and the other ranges from $4,000 to $10,000 for 80 to 150 images. I really don’t want to spend another $1,500 on my album right now, especially since I have the edited images and could make my own album down the line if I wanted to do so.
The real question: How do I pick all of this stuff? I don’t need any of it at the moment. I have one 5×7 print of the wedding in my house, on our front table, and I’m perfectly content with that. It’ll be nice to have the album completed, and I can probably pick the images for that. But how on earth should I go about choosing which images to have printed? I think they’ll just be put in storage for quite a while. What will people ever want to see in the future?
Post # 5
@postitnote: You have the full res edited images so you can always make your own prints then, and it sounds like you don’t want any more (what about the parents????)
Focus on the album. I would suggest to see a sample of the album they are goign to provide and make sure it’s of similar quality and look as the one you saw when you signed up. There are good albums, awesome albums, and crap albums, you don’t want her to supply you with something like you can DIY, for the money you paid……
Perhaps she will trade the prints towards an upgrade on the album or something else like a print credit towards a photoshoot of your baby,etc.
Post # 6
Thanks! I just sent an email to ask for a sample picture of the type of album I’ll receive. I’m a bit hesitant to ask her to trade the prints for an upgrade to the album, just because I think she’ll undercut me significantly, and I’m not sure how to value the prices of the prints at this point.
On the other hand, I’m not particularly thrilled about getting all of those prints, so maybe any upgrade is worth it.